Barnsley 2 Norwich City 1
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Norwich City paid for a dire first-half offering in slumping to another Championship away defeat in a 2-1 loss at Barnsley.
Tom Bradshaw and Conor Hourihane cashed in on against a lacklustre visiting outfit prior to the interval before Nelson Oliveira's thumping long range strike sparked Norwich into concerted action after the break following a double half-time change from Alex Neil.
Youssouf Mulumbu and Martin Olsson certainly pepped up the Canaries but it was the Reds who held on to earn a first league win at Oakwell since August 27.
Neil made one change from the starting line up that hammered Brentford 5-0 in the Championship with Josh Murphy making only his second start of the campaign in place of Steven Naismith. Murphy's elevation to the XI created a small piece of family history, with brother Jacob on the opposite flank for the first time together in the starting line up in the league at senior level for the Canaries.
Olsson returned to the substitutes' bench following a knee problem that kept him out against the Bees. Alex Tettey (hip), Cameron Jerome (back) and Michael McGovern (knee) were absent.
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Alex Pritchard tried to carry on where he left off against Brentford when he whipped a free kick just past Adam Davies' near post in the seventh minute.
Ryan Bennett bailed out Robbie Brady when the full-back was caught out by the raiding Josh Scowen but City were punished in the 12th minute when Scowen delivered again and Bradshaw got between Bennett and Seb Bassong at the near post to sweep a right-footed shot past John Ruddy.
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Nelson Oliveira's deflected strike skidded through to Davies with the Canaries striving to get back on level terms.
Sam Winnall blazed over from seven yards in the 33rd minute after Jonny Howson's miscued clearance dropped invitingly for the big targetman.
Norwich's afternoon deteriorated five minutes from the break when Reds' captain Hourihane crashed a rising shot beyond Ruddy after Norwich were again cut open down their left.
Neil opted for a double change at the interval with Olsson and Youssouf Mulumbu replacing Josh Murphy and Pritchard.
Jacob Murphy's goalbound shot hammered against Angus MacDonald, with a number of Norwich players appealing for a penalty for apparent handball, but again referee Woolmer turned down their appeals.
Oliveira dragged City back into the contest with screamer on his left foot from fully 30 yards that flew past Davies low into his bottom right-hand corner.
Graham Dorrans then unleashed a shot that swung over the Barnsley bar with Oliveira again prominent with a clever turn on the halfway line.
• Barnsley: Davies, Bree, Yiadom, Roberts, MacDonald, Hourihane, Scowen, Kent (Janko 90), Morsy, Winnall (Hammill 71), Bradshaw (Payne 72). Subs (not used): Townsend, Kpekawa, Evans, Williams.
• Goals: Bradshaw (12), Hourihane (40)
• Norwich: Ruddy, Pinto, Bennett, Bassong, Brady (Lafferty 85), Howson, Dorrans, Jacob Murphy, Pritchard (Olsson 45), Josh Murphy (Mulumbu 45), Oliveira. Subs (not used): Jones, Martin, Hoolahan, Klose.
• Goal: Oliveira (52)
• Time added on: 1 minute / 4 minutes
• Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northants)
• Attendance: 12,306 (1,287 away fans)